Do Employers Discriminate by Gender? A Field Experiment in Female-Dominated Occupations

14 Pages Posted: 1 Feb 2010

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Alison L. Booth

Australian National University (ANU) - Research School of Social Sciences (RSSS); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Andrew Leigh

Australian House of Representatives Parliament House; Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis, ANU; IZA

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Abstract

We test for gender discrimination by sending fake CVs to apply for entry-level jobs. Female candidates are more likely to receive a callback, with the difference being largest in occupations that are more female-dominated.

Keywords: employment, field experiments, discrimination, gender

JEL Classification: J71, C93

Suggested Citation

Booth, Alison L. and Leigh, Andrew, Do Employers Discriminate by Gender? A Field Experiment in Female-Dominated Occupations. IZA Discussion Paper No. 4690, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1545117

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